Efficacy of kinesio taping in reducing low back pain

a comprehensive review


  • Kim Trobec Akademija Arhimed zavod za izobraževanje, rehabilitacijo in dizajn, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Melita Peršolja Unit Nova Gorica, University of Primorska Faculty of Health Sciences, Nova Gorica, Slovenia




kinesio taping, kinesio tape, low back pain, efficacy


Introduction: Kinesio taping is rehabilitative technique used to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints, without restricting their range of motion. We conducted a thorough literature search and evaluation to clarify whether kinesio taping is effective in reducing lower back pain.

Methods: Cochrane Library, CINAHL, COBIB.SI, PubMed and Science Direct were searched using Boolean operators search strings of different keywords such as: adult, low back pain, Kinesio tape, Kinesio taping, kinesiotaping, effects. The search was limited to full-text articles published from 2011 to 2016.

Results: A total of 137 records were identified, 123 abstracts screened, and 14 full-text articles assessed for eligibility. Finally, nine publications were selected using CASP tool: eight randomized clinical studies and one literature review. The key variables from collected data were the subject characteristics, taping technique, control interventions, instrument, and outcome.

Conclusions: The effect of Kinesio taping in reducing low back pain is positive, but was not statistically significant in analyzed studies. Taping therapy may therefore be used as a supplementary method to conventional physical therapy procedures, and may be important for patients because of its easy accessibility and safet


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Efficacy of kinesio taping in reducing low back pain: a comprehensive review. JHSCI [Internet]. 2019 Mar. 21 [cited 2024 Jun. 18];7(1):1-8. Available from: https://jhsci.ba/ojs/index.php/jhsci/article/view/601